Hugh "Bert" Share, former senior global director of Beer & Better World at Anheuser-Busch InBev, will visit the University of Iowa to discuss his 33 years of experience working in the area of sustainability for the world's largest brewer. The executive will be speaking on Wednesday, February 17, at 5 p.m. in MacBride Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
In a resource constrained world, Share firmly believes that students need to be prepared to deal with sustainability issues and opportunities as they enter the workforce. His presentation will include a discussion of critical success factors of businesses such as culture, organization, goals and the integration of sustainability.
"I think it's important for students to understand sustainability issues facing all businesses," said Dave Collins, marketing lecturer and event coordinator. "They need to gain an understanding of how to deal with these issues now."
Share's focus on water stewardship in brewing is undoubtedly relatable to companies in all industries.
"There is no more significant environmental issue than water at this time," said Collins. "And this should be a particular interest to students at the university since our state has the most polluted water in the nation."
About Bert Share
Bert Share recently left Anheuser-Busch InBev after 33 years of service, all in environmental and community related roles. In his most recent position as senior global director for Beer & Better World, he was responsible for developing and executing the company’s global environmental sustainability strategy, including water stewardship across the value chain. Share collaborated with most business functions, including manufacturing, communications, investor relations, procurement, innovations, logistics and the company’s operating zones and breweries. In this way, Share was able to integrate sustainability across the company in order to help deliver the company’s dream of becoming the Best Beer Company and "Bringing People Together for a Better World."
Share also led many of the company’s global community programs and worked to build partnerships with a variety of external stakeholders that support the company’s environmental, community and business objectives.
Share began his career in 1982 at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Baldwinsville, New York, brewery as a wastewater lab technician. Since then he has held a variety of brewery and global positions in the fields of sustainability communications, stakeholder engagement and environmental integration efforts.
New sustainability adventures are ahead at Anheuser-Busch, most likely in the area of water stewardship. More information about Anheuser-Busch's social responsibility efforts is available on their website.